|PHILLY BOXING HISTORY - January 13, 2021|
Despite being only twenty two years old, Dylan Price has had a ton of success in the fight game. As an amateur, he was a PAL national champion, Junior Golden Gloves champion, USA youth champion, and in 2012 was voted as the most outstanding boxer at Junior Olympic Nationals. Floyd Mayweather Sr. took notice of Price's natural abilities and worked with him as a young fighter.
“It was a privilege to learn from Floyd Sr.," Price said. "He taught me a lot of things. I also got a chance to spend some time with Floyd Jr., who taught me a lot in and out of the ring”.
As a result, Price was noticed as a Phenom, and signed to Mayweather Promotions at the young age of eighteen.
For “The Real Dyl”, boxing is a family tradition. His father and trainer David Price, is a former professional boxer.
“My dad is my biggest influence," Dylan said. "My dad taught me how to fight”.
Dave Price, a Southwest Philadelphia native started boxing at thirteen and fell in love with the sport. "I watched Rocky as a kid, and I was hooked," Dave Price said. "Rocky and Mike Tyson got a ton of kids at the time into boxing. I used boxing to learn self defense, which was needed as a kid growing up in Philadelphia.”
Now, Dave Price devotes his knowledge and experience to his son’s development. Dylan trains out of his father’s gym, D-Boys Boxing & Community Center, in Clementon, NJ, where Dylan’s brother also trains.
“My little brother also fights," Dylan said. "He’s sixteen and is currently #1 in the country”.
For the Price family, fighting seems to be in the blood. Luckily, because the gym is owned by the family, the brothers were able to train during the pandemic.
“(COVID-19) hasn’t really affected our training, because we have our own gym," Price said. "I’ve actually trained more than ever. As far as getting fights, it took a bit of time, but we’re back rolling and staying busy.”
Currently 11-0, 8 KOs, with 1 No Decision, Price has been on the rise in the junior bantam / bantamweight division, and has fought on the undercard of some of the game's most notable stars, such as Deontay Wilder, Adrien Broner, Errol Spence Jr., and Gervonta Davis. Although Price is young, he already has experience and some interesting stories to tell.
"In one of my first fights at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, I fought on the Adrien Broner undercard," Price said. "There were threats sent to Broner, from rapper Tekashi 69, and the entire night was very tight and secure. No managers were allowed in the back, and the security was very tight. It ended up being a hoax, but it was a wild night.”
Price looks to continue his rise, and get to the very top. "Hopefully, around 15-0 or 16-0, we can get a really big fight," he said.
Price was born in Philadelphia, but raised in Sicklerville. He has much pride in where he is from, and hopes to put Sicklerville on the boxing map. Price stays focused in training and cutting weight cut.
Although boxing is important for Price, his faith in God is his top priority.
“My religion means everything to me," Dylan said. "Without my Heavenly Father, I wouldn’t be here. Religion is first.”
Price wears his faith on his trunks, where the word “Yahuah” is printed. The Hebrew text means, “My Heavenly Father”. His father and trainer, Dave, is a pastor and also holds faith at the highest importance.
Faith and dedication have allowed Dylan Price to achieve a level of discipline that goes beyond his years. He studies the greats of his sport, including Mayweather, Pernell Whitaker and Ray Leonard. Price's skill set includes the ability to switch stances throughout a fight, and the killer instinct to finish his opponents, something he's done eight times in his eleven wins.
Aside for boxing, Price also has other exciting happenings going on. Recently, he worked in an upcoming boxing movie starring Halle Berry, that will be on Netflix. His father noted that his son and the actress have developed a close relationship.
"Halle took a liking to Dylan and the rest of my kids," Dave said. "She is a great person. One day when Dylan is fighting a championship fight, you may see her ringside”.
On Saturday night, January 16th, Dylan Price takes on Samuel Gutierrez (16-28-6, 6 KOs) in the headlining bout at the Elevations Event Center in Chester, PA. The show is promoted by Rodney Rice's RDR Promotions. It will be the second fight between Price and Gutierrez.
In the first fight on July 27, 2019, Price won a unanimous decision. Price aims to show his development in the bout.
“I want to show my progress," Price said. "I’ve improved in every area of my game. I just want to show everybody how much better I’ve gotten”.
Price has been training intensely.
“I try to shock the body," he said. "I am always training. Three to five miles every other day, sparring and other trainings by my dad. I want to keep shocking the body”.
Despite the losing record of Gutierrez, the Price Camp is not taking him lightly.
“Gutierrez is a good and tough opponent," Dave Price said. "This is a solid fight as we continue to climb the ladder”.
To Dylan, it doesn’t matter who he takes on. His goal remains the same. He is focused on the championship strap.
“I’m focused on whoever they put in front of me," Dylan said. "I want to fight whoever is at the top”.
The fight world is excited for the future of the Sicklerville standout, and for the “Real Dyl” the sky is truly the limit.